Laboratory of Emotions Neurobiology
THE SCOPE OF THE RESEARCH
The subject-matter of our research is to explore how the brain conditions emotions, and in particular the neurobiological mechanisms of socially evoked emotions. By employing our models of social transfer of emotions in rats and mice, we attempt to understand the mechanisms occurring in the brain which manage social communication mechanisms, as well as to identify the neural circuits controlling socially transferred emotions, and to relate them to the outcomes obtained in humans. Exploring these mechanisms appears indispensable for explaining the conditioning, and for attempts to treat social behaviour disorders such as autism.